Dave Borthwick, UK, 1993, 61 min.
It looks like a Svankmejer film but that is not to say that the Bolex Brothers haven’t made something completely their own. At first, the similarities are too much not to notice, but as the film progresses you can see that there is a unique style to this film.
The story is about a genetic accident, born six inches tall to a loving (if sweaty) couple. Soon, Tom Thumb is separated from his family and has to struggle to find his way back. The film is filthy. All of the humans are covered in sweat and insects and bugs are constantly in the background and foreground of every frame. Its a theme that perpetrates throughout the film.
I appreciated the technical skills and the attention to detail that went into the production, but the characters are a little flat. Although they portray emotions they are inherently emotionless. But regardless of that, the theme and mood remain strong, and despite some lulls and confusing motivations, there is a lot to love. Including a wonderfully surreal coda.
This film is much like it’s title character: Short, filthy and a bit devoid of emotion, but ultimately it delivers.